According to declassified material, American intelligence services are unaware of the origins of the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to a report issued today by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, all federal agencies “continue to assess that both a natural and laboratory-associated origin remain plausible hypotheses to explain the first human infection.”
In the fall of 2019, just before the pandemic started, researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, where coronavirus research was being done in the city where Covid initially surfaced, were ill.
The Wall Street Journal revealed this week that one of the sick researchers, Ben Hu, had researched coronaviruses with U.S. funding, confirming information from journalists at the Substack blog Public.
Proponents of the lab leak theory pounced upon the revelation as almost conclusive evidence that their idea was accurate.
10 compelling reasons we know that COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan Labhttps://t.co/nt9ir5e1oj
— Marty Makary MD, MPH (@MartyMakary) June 20, 2023
It’s not entirely sure, according to the intelligence report.
Even though several Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers “fell mildly ill in Fall 2019,” the report notes that “they experienced a range of symptoms consistent with colds or allergies with accompanying symptoms typically not associated with COVID-19, and some of them were confirmed to have been sick with other illnesses unrelated to COVID-19.”
The investigation does reveal that when researching coronaviruses, the Wuhan facility did not always follow safety procedures.
The intelligence agencies claim that institute researchers have genetically modified coronaviruses but lack evidence that the researchers worked on the variety that sparked the outbreak.
According to the report, the Wuhan Institute is known to have worked with the Chinese Army, but primarily on defensive initiatives aimed at enhancing China’s biosecurity and early illness warning systems.
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The paper also validates the conflict between U.S. agencies, with the FBI and Energy Department siding with the lab leak scenario. In contrast, the National Intelligence Council and other intelligence agencies favor the natural origin idea. The CIA has not declared its stance.
The intelligence was made public by a law that was unanimously approved by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden in March.
Why it’s essential Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), the measure’s sponsor, and other legislative supporters had hoped that the March law would give new light on the causes of the pandemic.
The lab leak allegation has gained traction among Republicans in Congress, who have accused the Biden administration of attempting to hide it because the United States financed research at the Wuhan center.
Emily Kopp also shared a tweet; you can check it below:
New: The U.S. government funded the discovery of a virus at the Wuhan Institute of Virology 96% similar to COVID.
If U.S. intelligence indeed shows researchers at the Wuhan lab working with RaTG13 and related viruses were the first infected with COVID, this puts American… pic.twitter.com/rCF4tCQ4ri
— Emily Kopp (@emilyakopp) June 16, 2023
The report’s release, which comes almost a week after the legal deadline, was hailed by Mike Turner (R-Ohio), the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), the chairman of the Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. They called it “a promising step toward full transparency.”
They demanded that all available data be verified, and more research into the Covid-19 origin be conducted.